Welcome to LIFF 2022
This year we are back to the big screen! You can watch the festival in cinemas in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds or on your own sofa, at home, via our digital site www.LoveLIFFatHome.com.
Thanks to Title Sponsor Blue Orchid Hotels, and BFI, Bagri Foundation, Arts Council England for great support this year. A big personal thanks to all our audiences who stayed with the festival over the last two years and helped it retain its status as UK and Europe’s top South Asian film platform. This year’s festival is dedicated to you with love.
Cary Rajinder Sawhney MBE, Executive & Programming Director of LIFF
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The festival runs from Thursday 23 June to Sunday 3 July across London. It is divided across a number of strands and many screenings will be followed by a Q&A. Tickets can be purchased online and at the box office of our partner cinemas.
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Younger people often challenge and change the world with fresh ideas and open hearts. We present a clutch of new films that depict young South Asians, some are joyous while others present youth facing and overcoming real-life challenges in South Asia today.
LIFF showcases independent films, which celebrate depictions of ordinary lives through fiction and documentaries. This year we screen a selection of films that show glimpses of real life in the sub-continent and Asian diaspora, which are sometimes challenging, sometimes feel good, even comic, but always compelling.
GREAT BRITISH ASIANS
In this time of changing images of ‘Britishness’, it’s important and indeed vital to consider the South Asian contribution to modern Britain. This is clearly seen in films and arts of the last 4 decades. LIFF here presents a showcase of some iconic films and musicians, capturing our unique journey, as well as celebrating bright new emerging talent. Catch talks in cinemas and online with some of our greatest talents.
WOMEN MAKE MOVIES
One area that the festival prides itself in is platforming a wide range of women filmmakers. These directors’ works often challenge the status quo, offering fresh stories and many also contribute to a diversity of authentic portrayals of women’s experience on cinema screens.
SAVE THE PLANET
It’s never been a more important time to get in touch with the natural world and ancient Indian principles of harmony with nature. LIFF showcases here dramas and documentaries that reflect pressing ecological concerns as a main theme, or as a dramatic background to our protagonist’s stories.
SATYAJIT RAY SHORT FILM COMPETITION
The festival’s annual Satyajit Ray Short Film Competition is a rare chance to see the works of talented and emerging filmmakers who are exploring themes of South Asian experience, that also reflect the humanist ideals of the legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray. The winner will be announced on 3rd July.
Available online during the festival and in cinemas.
Support your local filmmaker! A showcase of exciting and diverse emerging British Asian filmmaking talent is presented, as part of LIFF’s highlight of British Asian focus. From award-winning dramas to insightful docs, we see a rarely presented slice of life of Asian Britain today. Expect a discussion with young filmmakers on stage and in the Barbican Cinema Cafe’ afterwards.